looking for applicants: CROA’s Managing Director


The Co-Responder Outreach Alliance is adding a Managing Director to its organization. This individual will report to the CROA Board and work collaboratively with board members, organization members, and our research partner. The individual assigned to this position will perform a variety of managerial and administrative functions and represent CROA in a variety of professional settings.

Hours and Compensation: This is a half-time (.5) position with compensation of $50,000-$55,000 per year. The Managing Director will contract with CROA for services; no benefits are associated with this position. A training and travel budget is provided. Some in-person work will be required but the position is largely remote and highly flexible.
This position will ideally start October 1, 2023. It is funded through June 2025.

Main functions:
– Represent CROA effectively in a variety of settings.
– Advocate for CROA and co-response training and programs (legislatively and otherwise); work collaboratively with CROA lobbyist to represent our interests.
– Advise/assist the University of Washington in developing training and professional development opportunities for first responders and co-responders.
– Develop and lead new peer support program for co-responders.
– Membership development and relationship management—membership recruitment, membership relations, strategic partnerships, communication strategies.
– Plan and facilitate quarterly training meetings.
– Prepare statements, reports, flyers, visual presentations and promotional materials.
— Create and maintain records and material pertaining to CROA activities.
– Work with the University of Washington to plan and execute 2024 Co-Responder retreat (April 2024).
– Perform administrative tasks as needed.

– Excellent presentation and communication skills.
– Three or more years of experience in project management with supervisory experience.
– Experience creating and sustaining strategic partnerships.
– Experience in public policy and policy advocacy .
– Expertise in emergency response, behavioral health outreach and various co-response models preferred but not required.
– Expertise in medical terminology, behavioral health and human services preferred but not required.

An advanced degree is preferred but not required.

To Apply:
Candidates are invited to submit a Resume and Letter of Interest to: CROA, 19689 7th Avenue NE Suite 183 #153 Poulsbo, WA 98370 or via e-mail to croawa@gmail.com. The position is open until filled, with a first review of applications on September 8, 2023.




Training Opportunities

International Street Medicine Symposium

Where: London, England
When: September 28-30, 2023
Website: https://stmi.memberclicks.net/isms-19


PTACC (Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative) National Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion Summit

Where: Denver, CO
When: October 3-4, 2023
Registration: https://ptaccollaborative.org/conference/

About: We are excited to invite you to the 2023 Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative’s (PTACC) National Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion Summit taking place from October 3 – 6 in beautiful Denver, Colorado! This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn and network with peers in the field of deflection.
On days one and two (October 3 – 4), attendees will be able to learn from and engage with experts and practitioners in the field through educational sessions. Presentations and panels will deliver the latest information and strategies relating to deflection and pre-arrest diversion nationally and internationally.


Other Opportunities

Developing Regional Efforts to Improve Interactions between Law Enforcement and People Who Use Alcohol and Drugs, hosted by the Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute at the University of Washington

About:  We will work with three sites in Washington to support the development of regional strategies to improve interactions between law enforcement and people who use alcohol and drugs.

  • Do you want to learn ways to foster relationships among law enforcement, people who use alcohol and drugs, and other community members (e.g., service providers)?
  • Are you open to increasing your capacity for empathy and doing things in a new way – that is very different than how things were done in the past? Are you open to transforming the current system?
  • Would a toolkit, resources, and strategies support you and your community in increasing your ability to enact SB5476 and help people who use alcohol and drugs?


We will use a policy codesign process to help each site develop their own regional strategy and evaluation plan. Policy codesign aims to develop policies from “the ground up” that are tailored to local needs and promote community ownership. We are able to offer payments directly to participants for their time or offer reimbursement for staff time and travel paid to agencies. This process will include:

  • At least five sessions with an outside facilitator guiding “design team” members through a series of activities that build relationships, identify a shared goal, and problem solve solutions.
  •  Researchers will support design teams in identifying relevant empirical evidence as needed.
  • Design team members will be selected by site partners and likely will include people with lived/living experience of substance use and legal involvement, representatives from the recovery navigator program and/or other diversion programs reaching similar groups, local law enforcement (city, county, state), and service providers (clinical, housing, etc.).
  • Interviews with design teams about the process and developed strategy, and if they think it will help.

Contact: adai@uw.edu